Early Campus Maps Added to the University Archives

Topographic Map of A&M (now NC State) Campus, 1912, drawn by Class of 1913 Civil Engineering students.  Buildings are mostly clustered around Pullen Drive (right) and what is now Hillsborough Street (top).   (UA 003.026, Tube 296)

Topographic Map of A&M (now NC State) Campus, 1912, drawn by Class of 1913 Civil Engineering students. Buildings are mostly clustered around Pullen Drive (right) and what is now Hillsborough Street (top). (UA 003.026, Tube 296)

The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of drawings, plans, and maps of campus and campus buildings.  These materials have been added to the Office of the University Architect Records, a collection that already includes an extensive amount of drawings and plans of campus landmarks and buildings.  The new addition dates from 1905 to 1996 but the bulk of the items date from the first half of the 20th century, a great resource for anyone interested in the campus landscape or building layout at that time.  Many of the early campus maps (dating from 1906 to 1913) were drawn by Civil Engineering students, presumably as part of their coursework.  Some other notable items include a rendering of Burlington Labs (circa 1972), a map and cross section of the "new" library (now Brooks Hall) (1925), and a large group of drawings of the Yarbrough Plant and Steam Tunnels (including the State College smokestack) (from 1923-1924).  Other highlights are shown below:

Topographic Map of State College (now NC State) showing the Trailwood Area, 1948
Topographic Map Showing Area Bordered by Hillsborough St. (top), Dan Allen Dr. (left), and Yarbrough Dr. (bottom), 1948 (From UA 003.026, Tube 295).  Trailwood contained married student housing for World War II veterans attending NC State on the GI Bill.
Map of Campus, Northeast Quadrant Horticulture Farm, May 1926
Map of Campus, Northeast Quadrant Horticulture Farm, May 1926 (From UA 003.0026, Tube 281).  This was located approximately where Scott, Kilgore, and Nelson Halls are today.
Map of A&M Campus Surveyed by Civil Engineering Class of 1906 (UA 003.026, Tube 285)
Map of A&M Campus Surveyed by Civil Engineering Class of 1906 (From UA 003.026, Tube 285)

For more maps and drawings of campus, including this Bird's-Eye View of A&M from 1897, visit our Rare and Unique Digital Collections.  To view any of the maps or drawings in our collection, request an appointment through our webform.